MIFFLINTOWN - The first name that usually comes to mind with Juniata tennis is No. 1 singles man Isaac Eck. And, while Eck certainly contributed to Juniata's 4-3 non-league win over Central Mountain Tuesday, coach Alan Musselman identified the real hero of the day as Brad Lipka.
"Really the highlight was Brad Lipka's performance," Musselman said. "He came from behind having lost the first set (against Zack High) 6-0, and came back to with the final two, 6-4, 6-2."
Lipka wasn't just successful in his singles match, though. In the final match of the evening, Lipka joined up with Logan Aurand to defeat doubles team Brody White and Daniel Hendricks 8-6 for the 4-3 Juniata win.
"Brad and Logan pulling out the No. 2 doubles was really great tonight," Musselman said.
Other Juniata wins included Eck against Tom Rodebaugh and Eck and Luis Pacheco against Rodebaugh and Nick Atgate.
Juniata (8-2) hosts Huntingdon on Friday.
Altoona 4, Mifflin County 1
ALTOONA - The Huskies tennis squad needed a victory at Altoona Tuesday to clinch a spot in the District 6 playoffs but four losses spelled the end for the team as Mifflin County fell, 4-1.
Matt DeBenedetto continued to be the steady force for the Huskies as he captured the lone win for the singles participants, beating Ryan Good in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4.
Despite having the opportunity to win each of the doubles matches, the Huskies were unable to take advantage. Cody Donaldson and Ben Renninger took the first set but dropped the next two to lose the match. Ben Hugendubler and Will Fox also took the first set of their match then fell in each of the next two sets.
Mifflin County finishes its season with a record of 8-9.
Lancaster Country Day 10, Juniata 7
MIFFLINTOWN - Juniata's five-run lead evaporated in the late innings as Lancaster Country Day won a 10-7 Tri-Valley League baseball game against the Indians Tuesday.
The home club had plenty to cheer about early - Chad Eberle tripled and Ty Treaster not only hit a double but drove in four runs.
But seven walks distributed across two of four Indians hurlers and a trio of errors made the difference in the end.
"We just shut down. We left runners on base," Juniata coach Nick Beward said. "We committed the errors when we absolutely could not."
Juniata (2-10, 2-7) travels to Upper Dauphin today.
Midd-West 5, Mifflinburg 3
MIDDLEBURG - It was a pitchers' duel when Midd-West's Colton Keister took on Mifflinburg's Oakley Whitesel for Tuesday's Heartland Conference baseball game.
Fortunately for Keister, with a 3-1 deficit headed into the bottom of the sixth, the Mustang batters came through with the last four runs of the game to be scored, making it 5-3.
It took a couple walks and RBIs from Aaron Sharp, Colton Snook and Ryan Combs for the the Mustangs to put up their four runs.
"Both pitchers threw super games and both defenses were super behind them. It was just one of those things that we got the break and took advantage of it," Midd-West coach Ron Flood said.
Whitesel threw seven strikeouts and allowed eight hits in seven innings of work, while Keister notched three Ks and allowed the same number of hits in seven.
Midd-West (5-5, 2-5) travels to Lewisburg today.
Claysburg-Kimmel 8, Mount Union 3
CLAYSBURG - A listless Mount Union offense combined with Claysburg-Kimmel's 13-hit evening spelled out disaster for the Trojans on Tuesday, as they fell to the Inter-County Conference opponent 8-3.
"We just got completely outplayed. They outplayed us on defense, and they outpitched us," Mount Union coach Nick Imperioli said.
The Bulldogs' Trey Claar pitched all seven innings for the win, striking out seven in the process as he held Mount Union's first five batter's in the lineup to 1-for-16.
Mount Union (9-2, 8-2) travels to Juniata Valley on Thursday.
Jersey Shore 17,
Midd-West 0 (5 innings)
MIDDLEBURG - Jersey Shore didn't get a lot of extra base hits, nor have a bevy of multiple hitters. But the Bulldogs hit - and circled the bases often.
The end result? A 17-0 win over Midd-West in their Heartland Conference softball game Tuesday.
"We had errors and gave them six bases on balls," Midd-West coach Pete Voss lamented. "They hit everything - inside, outside, changeups. They were a really good hitting team."
Midd-West (1-10) hosts Selinsgrove Wednesday.
Claysburg-Kimmel 6, Mount Union 5
CLAYSBURG - The last time Inter-County Conference opponents Mount Union and Claysburg-Kimmel took to the softball diamond, a Katie Smith walkoff home run in the bottom of the ninth gave the Trojans the win.
Tuesday, the Bulldogs reversed the outcome when RBIs from Hannah Klaycomb and Courtlan Holland put Claysburg-Kimmel up from a one-run deficit for the 6-5 win.
Other than the score, the two teams' batting statistics were almost identical, as each had 12 hits and one home run apiece from Mount Union's Liza Feagley and the Bulldogs' Holland kept both teams scoring.
"These kinds of games make you better, and hopefully they will help us out for the playoffs," Mount Union coach Matt Fiscus said.
Mount Union (9-2) travels to Juniata Valley on Thursday.
Track and field
Boys: State College 81, Mifflin County 68
Girls: State College 126, Mifflin County 24
STATE COLLEGE - Event-wise, Mifflin County's outing to State College was all even, at least on the boys side. The girls had no fun at all.
The Huskies won nine events, but just let too many seconds and thirds go to the Little Lions, winners in the boys meet by an 81-68 score. The girls struggled against a talented State High team as the Little Lions won their Mid-Penn Conference dual, 126-24.
Mifflin County's Makala Rearick won the shot put. Erika Shawver won the 300-meter hurdles. It was all State College after that, as the Little Lions swept six events plus the three relays - nearly enough points to win the meet right there.
In the boys meet, State College swept two events, the 400 and the discus; Mifflin County took three spots in the javelin. Overall, though, the field events were a trouble spot for the Huskies.
"We held our own on the track. Our downfall on the boys side today was definitely in the throws and the jumps," Gantz said. "With what we have there's no way we were going to make that deficit up."
Mifflin County (Boys: 2-4; Girls 3-3) travels to Lock Haven University for that school's second invitational meet Saturday.
Boys: Juniata 107.5, Upper Dauphin 47.5
Girls: Upper Dauphin 81, Juniata 69
MIFFLINTOWN - Juniata's track and field teams got stellar performances from athletes on the girls and boys sides Tuesday but the girls dropped their meet to Tri-Valley League opponent Upper Dauphin 81-69 while the boys smashed the Trojans, 107.5-47.5.
Battling injuries on both teams, Juniata persevered and prevailed in many events. For the boys, Nick Gilbert had a solid day, winning both hurdle events and the high jump. Gilbert also took second place in the long jump.
"(Gilbert) is competing partially injured," Juniata coach Kim Hart said. "He is just a super competitor who hates to lose."
Gilbert notched his best time in the 100-meter hurdle victory and tallied his best mark in the high jump win.
Other top performers included Patrick Fitzgerald who launched an impressive 40-feet and 2-inches in the shot put. Will Manbeck was also victorious running the 200 for the first time all season. Juniata's boys also swept the three relay races.
The girls squad battled to within 12 but the Trojans were too strong. Like the boys, Juniata's girls have also had to battle some injuries. Hart said her team has had to make some adjustments - some worked out and some did not.
Hart noted the success of the girls' 4x400 team.
"I'm extremely proud of the girls - Megan Yeager, Lauren Lock, Makenzie Bishop and Janelle Swartz," she said. "They are four very strong leaders on our team and at the time they ran it, I thought it would help us win the meet - it didn't work out that way."
The relay team smashed its personal best time by seven seconds - on a cinder track - and Hart is optimistic about the possibilities on a synthetic track. The girls also swept the three relay races.
Rachel Brown continued her success in the field, outjumping the competition in the high, long and triple jumps. Christen Baublitz also notched a first place finish as she out ran the competition in the mile.
Juniata boys (2-4) and girls (2-4) host Millersburg Thursday.
Boys: Mount Union 81, Juniata Valley 69;
Southern Huntingdon 118, Mount Union 32
Girls: Juniata Valley 90, Mount Union 60;
Mount Union 86.5,
Southern Huntingdon 63.5
MOUNT UNION - It's been a struggle for Mount Union in track this season, but the Trojans will not go through the season without a win.
The boys and girls each captured their first victory of the season Tuesday in a tri-meet with Juniata Valley and Southern Huntingdon.
Leading the way clearly for the girls was Katrina Hammon, a four-event winner with firsts in the 100-meter hurdles and all three jumps.
"(Hammon) was able to go out and take four first-place finishes. She was able to help pull out a win for us," Mount Union coach Bob Wydock said.
Alana Saulen also won a pair, taking the 100- and 200-meter dashes. Aaliyah Gilbert-Walter took two throws - shot put and discus - and was on the winning 4x100 relay team. Tesla Seilhamer was a crossover for two relay wins; the Trojans also won the girls 4x400.
The boys meet was more spread out as far as scoring. Jimmy Nicastro had the only multiple wins as an individual. Hunter Corbin and Ryan McKay each won a race and were part of the winning 4x800 relay.
"Nicastro came through for us today. We had some guys who actually did a nice job with personal bests," he said, citing javelin winner Alex Varner as an example.
The Trojans host Fannett-Metal Thursday.
Boys: Greenwood 98, Millersburg 52
Girls: Millersburg 90, Greenwood 60
MILLERSBURG - Tom Magill wanted to get back the lone loss his girls track team had, against Millersburg, when Greenwood traveled across the Susquehanna River Tuesday.
Millersburg was not so accommodating - the Indians put up a strong effort in first- and second-place finishes on the way to a 90-60 victory in the Tri-Valley League meet. Greenwood's boys, on the other hand, cruised to a 98-52 win, setting up a showdown for the league title when they host East Juniata next week.
Propelled by a trio of sweeps, the boys were never in danger.
"The boys had a nice win. It was actually a bigger win than we had here at home. It gives us the chance to tie EJ when we meet them next Tuesday," Magill said. "We need to get healthy in a hurry on the boys side and then have a couple things go our way."
Greenwood gets to rest a week - the East Juniata meet, at Greenwood, is the next line on the Wildcats' schedule.
Mount Union 15, Claysburg Kimmel 6: Sis Knable was 3-4 with a home run and a triple. Cheyenne Fye was 3-5. Kaitlyn Stinson and Mickenzey Goodrich had doubles. Mount Union (10-1) travels to West Branch Friday.